8 Dos and Don’ts of Building a Home Extension

Are you Building a Home Extension?

These days, building an extension is deemed as a practical alternative to moving. The additional space can match the needs of your growing family. It can serve as a new bedroom, bathroom, dining or family room. If you have a spacious lot, you may also ask your extensions builder to set up a pool inside the extension.

An extension can serve multiple functions. However, such advantage comes with a price. If you aren’t careful when planning, the construction can even cost more. When you are thinking of building a home extension, keep in mind the following dos and don’ts.

The Dos

Adhere to the building regulations in Bendigo.

Imagine the amount you have to pay for penalties and legal services when you don’t follow the set guidelines for building an extension. Plus, you have to deal with headaches. Refer to the city government site to know about the building guidelines and the forms you have to secure before the construction. If you have a reliable contractor, he will make sure your extension complies with the building regulations.

Consult your insurer about additional coverage for the construction and for the actual structure.

Your contractor should offer insured work, but to be more certain, talk to your home insurer about your plans of having an extension. You may have to pay an additional amount. However, this will keep you from using your own money to pay for the damages claimed by anyone affected by the construction.

Add one or two Velux windows on the room that is nearest to the extension.

The extension is bound to reduce the amount of natural light entering your home. As a remedy, you can have one or a pair of Velux windows on the most affected room—it’s usually the one nearest the extension. Even if you use glass roofing panels, there will still be rafters to worry about.

Secure a quotation and a contract.

Get quotations and not just estimates. An estimate doesn’t offer a guarantee that the construction costs will remain the same once the contract is presented. A quotation, on the other hand, features a fixed price. Moreover, all the materials, labour and other expenses are itemised in a quotation. Having a quotation isn’t enough, though. You should also get a contract from your extensions builder and make sure the price remains the same. Additionally, the contract should contain the starting and completion dates of the project.

The Don’ts

Don’t go the DIY route.

If you have no experience in construction, better leave the job to professionals. Building services may be expensive at first glance, but once you weigh in the time, labour and equipment you need when you go the DIY route, you will realise that you are going to spend more. Plus, there is no assurance that your own work will look as you wanted. You can have DIY furniture, planters and other features for your extension. Just don’t attempt to build it all on your own. If you do, you may pay more for the insurance.

Don’t Sacrifice!

Don’t sacrifice any of your bedrooms just to provide access to the extension. Likewise, don’t demolish your garden to make way for the new room.

If you are going to use the extension as an additional bedroom, it should be accessible through the main hallway. Don’t grab some space of an existing bedroom to serve as new hallway for the new room. If you do, ask yourself: why didn’t you just divide the old room?

A lot of prospective homebuyers still take gardens into consideration when choosing a home. If you are planning to sell your home in the future, keep in mind this fact as you plan your extension. The extension may add to the value of your home because of the additional livable space it provides. However, when you sacrificed your garden just to have a spacious rear extension for your home, you may actually be hurting your home’s resale value instead of improving it.

Don’t forget about alternative accommodations as you plan.

The construction of the extension means you have to spend your days and nights on other places instead of your home. If you have friends and relatives nearby, you may ask them to accommodate you for a while. But if you are not interested in asking help from others, you may rent properties instead.

Don’t build an extension that will drive the price of your home beyond the ceiling price of properties in your area.

Before you build, talk to a realtor about the ceiling price of the properties in your area. If you have the money for a fancy extension, always consider the said ceiling price before spending. Anyway, your reliable extensions builder will help ensure that the construction is going to benefit you and your property’s resale value, and not the other way around.